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2022 Sep 13

Health Serv Manage Res

From volume to value: Improving peri-operative elective pathways through a roadmap from fast-track orthopedic surgery.


Pennestrì F, Lega F, Banfi G
Health Serv Manage Res. 2022 Sep 13:9514848221127623.
PMID: 36444939.


Healthcare institutions face the pressure generated by modern medicine and society, in terms of increasing expectations and financial constraints. Chronic patients need multidisciplinary care pathways to preserve their wellbeing across the entire journey.The orthopaedic community has been particularly receptive in testing solutions to align good clinical outcomes and financial sustainability, given the increase in elective procedures provided among aging populations to alleviate pain and reduce disability. Fast-track (FT) total joint arthroplasty (TJA) and bundled payments (BPs) offer relevant examples both from the clinical and the financial perspective; however, they have not been evaluated in combination yet.The aim of this manuscript is to provide a road map to improve the value of high-volume, multidisciplinary elective procedures, with potential applications in a vast number of surgical specialties, (1) based on an integrated financial budget per episode of care (the BP), (2) building on lessons from a review of the literature on FT TJA.Although clinical outcomes vary from procedure to procedure, the coordination between the single treatments and providers involved across the patient journey; the commitment of patients and relatives; and the systematic adoption of patient-reported outcomes; can add further value for the benefit of patients, healthcare funders and providers, once essential clinical, financial and administrative conditions are guaranteed.